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    The neglected fact of diversity research: religious identity in the workplace

The neglected fact of diversity research: religious identity in the workplace

Some years ago, we started to wonder when (or when not), how and why (or why not) employees are expressing their religious identity at work.

This interest was driven by some highly visible cases were employees’ religious beliefs were in conflict with work. For example, two Catholic midwives sought to avoid supervising abortion procedures, a case that reached the UK […]

Understanding how we decide to spend or save our money

Across the world, many people aren’t saving enough money to be able to retire from work, or to be prepared for emergencies. Some of these people have very low incomes, but others earn a lot, they just spend most of it. Personally, I’ve been in both situations. In the years before I went to graduate school, I worked in […]

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    Impact investing: can funds achieve both social impact and returns at scale?

Impact investing: can funds achieve both social impact and returns at scale?

Popular opinion has it that ‘investing for the common good’ has gone mainstream. Yet our research finds that only a small proportion of funds has consistently generated market rate return and measurable social and environmental impact at large scale – especially in capital-starved emerging markets’ small and medium enterprises (SMEs), often deemed as risky and unattractive by mainstream investors. […]

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    How to encourage better performance without straining employees

How to encourage better performance without straining employees

An organisation’s competitive advantage is usually directly tied to its employees’ productivity. Therefore, executives desire heightened productivity and often pressure their employees to continually perform at high levels. Although this pressure can motivate employees, it also serves as a significant workplace stressor. Employees’ accomplishments are short-lived, with managers patting them on the back for achieving yesterday’s goals and then […]

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    How the corporate culture of banks affects their risk-taking behaviour

How the corporate culture of banks affects their risk-taking behaviour

Does the corporate culture of banks matter? Many people think so. Several commentators attribute Well Fargo’s recent scandal to ‘toxic’ culture. Various regulators, including the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority,  De Nederlandsche Bank, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York have increasingly emphasised that improving the culture of banks is the key to regaining public trust in the financial […]

June 26th, 2019|Management|0 Comments|
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    The DNA of disruption: a nuanced view of disruptive innovation

The DNA of disruption: a nuanced view of disruptive innovation

“The reason why it is so difficult for existing firms to capitalise on disruptive innovations is that their processes and their business model that make them good at the existing business actually make them bad at competing for the disruption.” – Clayton M. Christensen

Disruptive innovation, as introduced by Clayton M. Christensen, has become a powerful way of thinking about […]

June 21st, 2019|LSE alumni, Management|Comments Off on The DNA of disruption: a nuanced view of disruptive innovation|
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    A dose of democracy in corporate governance may help save social media

A dose of democracy in corporate governance may help save social media

Hardly a day goes by without the national or international press publishing negative stories about social networks. Facebook has once more got problems in keeping the data of its more than two billion users under lock and key, or Mark Zuckerberg stands up another parliament in favour of a personal statement. YouTube, acting to protect children, disables the comment […]

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    CEOs’ political ideology influences firms’ internal resource allocation

CEOs’ political ideology influences firms’ internal resource allocation

CEOs in multi-business companies act as internal investors for business units. Our research suggests that they approach resource allocation in one of two very different ways. Liberal-leaning CEOs, seeking collaboration among units, are more likely to favour an even-handed approach when allocating resources. Conservative-leaning CEOs, seeking to spur competition, tend to favour merit-based allocations that may create large disparities […]

When employees retreat from corporate volunteering

Support for employee volunteering is a corporate social responsibility activity that signals commitment to social values and citizenship. It is also a strategic initiative that helps companies recruit new talent. Indeed, both researchers and practitioners argue that companies that facilitate their employees’ volunteering are viewed more favourably by job candidates and are therefore more likely to attract talent, especially young […]

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    How to demonstrate social value when you’re making a profit

How to demonstrate social value when you’re making a profit

Imagine. You’re the owner of a company that manufactures and sells green energy products. They’re a bit more expensive than the competition, but that’s the cost of ecology. You could rightly be described as a business making a positive impact on society. Your priority is turning a profit – it has to be – but you’re also in it […]

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    Companies look at job candidates’ previous experience, but does it predict anything?

Companies look at job candidates’ previous experience, but does it predict anything?

The use of job experience in hiring decisions is ubiquitous. For example, a recent analysis of online job ads showed that over 80 per cent of the ads stated that experience was required or preferred, even for many entry-level jobs. Examples of the types of experience organisations require or prefer include years of work experience, number of previous jobs […]

When employees are ideological misfits

There have been many recent examples when personal politics has collided with professional workspaces. In November of 2016, Geoff Lewis, a partner at Founders Fund (a venture capital firm founded by Peter Thiel), penned a blistering critique of reality TV culture and the rise of Donald Trump. This article was posted just as Thiel, one of Trump’s highest-profile Silicon […]

Why boredom might not be a bad thing after all

“I am bored!” “This piece of work is so boring.” Many of us at work are familiar with these sentiments expressed by colleagues at work. Indeed, some companies like Google Singapore and Zappos have gone out of their way to let their employees have fun at work. Benefits associated with fun at work include greater job satisfaction, engagement, and […]

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    To improve corporate social responsibility, involve people with lived experience of social issues

To improve corporate social responsibility, involve people with lived experience of social issues

I have a confession: I help corporations to solve social problems that I’ve never actually experienced. I’ve never been without a home, never been in poverty and never experienced hunger. And, during my almost twenty years spent in boardrooms with people who want their companies to make a bigger difference in the world, there hasn’t been a single time […]

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    Exploring the debate on the future of work: the end of management?

Exploring the debate on the future of work: the end of management?

From a series of classroom discussions at Paris-Dauphine University focused on the transformation of work, we were able to identify three key trends.

The first striking point is the inflation of words, fashionable concepts, ideas and debates around the transformation of work (especially the keyword and hashtag #futureofwork and the strange absence of the keyword #futureofmanagement). Interest in the future […]

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    Despite their perceived competitive advantages, all Western digital firms have failed in China

Despite their perceived competitive advantages, all Western digital firms have failed in China

On 18 April 2019, Amazon announced that, “We are notifying sellers we will no longer operate a marketplace on Amazon.cn [Amazon’s Chinese Site] and we will no longer be providing seller service on Amazon.cn effective July 18”. By closing its online store in China that allows the country’s consumers to buy from Chinese merchants, after being comprehensively defeated by domestic […]

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    Surprise: leveraging the unexpected in strategy implementation

Surprise: leveraging the unexpected in strategy implementation

The favourite saying of one of the executives we work with is: “The opposite of well done is well planned.” While we do not fully agree, he has a point: We love to emphasise the importance of details in strategy planning. This leads to a false confidence that all we need to do is “push the button” and lean […]

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    Building our online personas: do we reinvent ourselves? Or stick with what we know?

Building our online personas: do we reinvent ourselves? Or stick with what we know?

More than 20 years ago, in a now-classic manifesto, Tom Peters announced to the world that branding was no longer the domain of companies alone: regular people must also become marketers for their own “brands” — “the brand called You” — and actively ensure that the world perceives them as they wish to be perceived. That once-novel idea has […]

‘We are ready to try a four-day working week’

Right now a general sense of uncertainty is sweeping the nation. Brexit, an obesity epidemic, the NHS at breaking point, global warming and unrealistic house prices are just some of the hurdles Britain currently faces. You only have to turn on the news to feel some major pangs of anxiety. The extreme level of chaos in our outer world […]

March 22nd, 2019|CEOs, Labour|1 Comment|
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    The possibilities and limitations of the emerging organisational spirituality movement

The possibilities and limitations of the emerging organisational spirituality movement

Interest in the role of spirituality in organisational life has been growing rapidly in the past few decades. Numerous books and articles have explored the benefits of spirituality and religion for the effectiveness, well-being and ethicality of the modern workplace. There is both an expanding academic discourse on the meaning of spirituality at work, as well as a related […]

March 18th, 2019|Management|1 Comment|